Thirty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May 3 as World Press Freedom Day. In its concept note for this year’s event, the U.N. notes that despite advancements in human rights, “media freedom, safety of journalists, and freedom of expression are increasingly under attack”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to “speak with one voice” and call for stopping the detention and imprisonment of journalists for doing their jobs, as he sounded an alarm that freedom of the press is under attack in every corner of the world. Guterres underscored that “all our freedom” depends on press freedom.
“Freedom of the press is the foundation of democracy and justice,” he said in his video message ahead of World Press Freedom Day 2023. World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on May 3. Under the constitution of India which provides the right of freedom, given in the Article 19 guarantees the freedom of speech and expression, as one of six freedoms.